Joomlashack and OSTraining

Joomlashack is now part of OSTraining

As you may know, Joomlashack University became powered by OSTraining in 2013. Since then, Eddie (the CEO of Joomlashack) and I have continued to collaborate on a number of ventures and companies.

Eddie, who has become an integral part of the OSTraining team, asked me to help him with Joomlashack. He wanted Joomlashack to move forward more quickly and with more resources.

Enter the OSTraining team of developers, designers, and support staff …

We have taken over Joomlashack’s template and extension development projects. We'll strive to increase product launches, as we bring the company's technological excellence on par with the high standards we have at OSTraining and Alledia.

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Convert Old School Emoticons into Emojis with ReReplacer

Convert Old School Emoticons into Emojis with Rereplacer

Emojis are popular. You can see them everywhere on Facebook, Twitter, and now in Joomla too!

I'm a fan of typing emoticons in the old way. On the web, I usually type the smiley one with :) and (y) to represent a thumbs up.

In this tutorial, I'll share a trick to convert those old school emoticons into the new emojis supported in Joomla 3, using the ReReplacer extension.

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How to Easily Insert Modules into Joomla Articles

Customize the Design of Your Embeddable Posts in WordPress 4.5

With Joomla 3.5's release, there's now an easy way to add modules to articles.

The old way of adding modules still works, but it's slower and not needed with the new click-and-set feature.

Here's how easy it now is to add modules ...

Add Custom Javascript to Your Joomla Site

Add Custom Javascript to Your Joomla Site

One OSTraining member wanted to add Javascript to their site, but didn't feel comfortable enough to modify any existing files.

If you want to add custom Javascript to your Joomla site without modifying any existing files, we recommend the "Add Custom JS" plugin.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to safely load your custom Javascript.

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How to Set up Login and Logout Links in Joomla

login and logout

One of our Pro members was browsing around OSTraining and saw that the menu link "Login" was automatically replaced by "Logout" once someone had logged in.

This task has become even easier, thanks to a new feature in Joomla 3.5.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a Login menu item that only appears to users that aren't signed in. Once they sign in, they'll get a Logout menu item instead. 

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How to Add Icons to Joomla Menu Links

How to Add Icons to Joomla Menu Items

Many Joomla templates come with icon support for menu items.

However, if your template doesn't support menu icons, we have a solution for you.

Continue reading this post to know how to add Font Awesome icons to your menu items.

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Smile! Joomla Now Supports Emoji

Smile! Joomla Now Supports Emoji

Last year, WordPress added emoji support to posts and pages.

When that release arrived, I half-jokingly wrote that it was the most important WordPress feature in years. Emoji are hugely popular on mobile devices, amongst younger users, and in Asia.

Now, with the release of Joomla 3.5, you can use emoji in Joomla also!

Emoji are fun, of course, but there are also some serious issues behind this change.

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Switch Joomla to PHP 7 on Shared Hosting

How to Update Joomla to use PHP 7

We recommend that you run your Joomla 3.5 sites on PHP 7.

PHP 7 is faster, more secure and will be supported for much longer than any other version

However, many shared hosting providers will not upgrade your PHP version automatically. If you run Joomla 3.5 on shared hosting and want to use PHP 7, I'm going to show you how.

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OSMap: Removing Links From a Joomla Sitemap

OSMap: Removing Links From a Joomla Sitemap

OSMap is the best and easiest way to create a Joomla sitemap.

When you install OSMap, it automatically creates a sitemap for you.

For more advanced users, it's possible to edit your sitemaps to include or exclude certain URLs. You may want to do this for visual purposes (you want a short and clean sitemap) or for SEO purposes (to exclude certain URLs from Google's index).

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How to Share Your Joomla System Information With Support

How to Share Your Joomla System Information With Support

Joomla 3.5 implemented the ability to export your System Information settings.

This short tutorial will highlight why and how to share your system information with support.

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